Sugarbaby Hall of Fame

We’d love to share your precious sugarbaby with the world.
Email us a photo along with a brief story (130 words maximum), and we’ll add your little one to the sugarbabies below.

Leo (diagnosed at 1 1/2 years) – remission success story!

Lisa’s Leo (USA)

Leo was a young outdoor cat who visited daily until we noticed a lump on his tail that became badly infected, so we grabbed the freaked-out kitty and rushed him to the emergency vet on New Year’s Day. He’d gotten into a fight with another cat and ultimately contracted FIV from the damage to his tail. We smothered him in love and high calorie dry cat food and treats, and 6 months later he had diabetes. We were devastated, but our vet recommended the Feline Diabetes Message Board. We switched to wet food, started Lantus insulin, did home testing and followed the Tight Regulation Protocol. Since he was young and diagnosed early, it worked and he’s off insulin and now one happy boy!

Lolo (diagnosed at 6 years)

Julie’s Lolo (USA)

Lolo and I imprinted on each other from the moment he chose me at the shelter. He’s my BFF, and so when he was diagnosed with diabetes, I felt as if I had failed him. I cried every day while I researched the disease. My rambunctious, bouncy, rascal was weak and tired and couldn’t jump on the bed to get ‘hair time’, what were we going to do? The food they wanted me to feed him had more carbs than the Tiki brand he was already eating, so I just couldn’t give it to him! We made some adjustments to food, added in a bunch of exercises, and of course the insulin. I’m happy to say, he walks/jumps 99.9% ‘normal’, and his personality is back to his pre-diagnosis state!

Cleo (diagnosed at 9 years)

Heather’s Cleo (Canada)

Cleo was diagnosed with diabetes in 2014 shortly after her ninth birthday. Before that she had never been sick a day in her life. But Cleo adapted seamlessly to twice-daily insulin shots and was unbelievably easy-going about home blood glucose testing. At her worst, Cleo suffered peripheral neuropathy in all four legs, making it heartbreakingly difficult for her to get around, and yet she did. She was such a trooper and I was so proud of her, not only for her perseverance, but also for letting me help her. Just over three months after her diagnosis, Cleo went into remission. Her body healed quickly, including her legs. I was so grateful for Cleo’s success, I wrote a book about our experience called The Comeback Cat. Cleo said she approved. Read more about Cleo…

Picture of the cat, Gijs, in a tree

Gijs (diagnosed at 8 years)

Neeltje’s Gijs (the Netherlands)

Gijs came from an animal shelter as such a little boy; found in the forest with two baby sisters. He was so happy when he first saw our backyard and climbed the trees. Later in life he was on Alopectyl, which must have triggered his diabetes, along with a high carbohydrate diet. Gijs was diabetic for 8.5 years and lived a happy, normal life. He was on Caninsulin twice a day and he didn’t mind the injections and glucose tests. He was always an active boy and was the sweetest, cleverest cat you can imagine. Gijs crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2011 at nearly 17 years old. A week before he was still a happy boy, but his kidneys failed suddenly. I still miss him very much and feel sad because he spent his last days at the vet feeling miserable. This was such a sad ending to a happy life. I hope he’ll forgive me one day.

Toby (diagnosed at 13 years)

Renee’s Toby (USA)

Toby was diagnosed with diabetes just before Christmas 2011. Having had another cat with diabetes I had an idea of what to expect and wasn’t looking forward to it. Luckily Toby is a real trooper. He doesn’t try to run when it’s time for his injection, but sometimes his curiosity makes it a bit more difficult. You see, as soon as I insert the syringe into his skin he just finds the need to turn and see what I’m doing. Sometimes it’s okay, sometimes I have to start over. One of the things that bothers me is that he has neuropathy in his legs. Over the past few months he has been improving and I hope that one day he will be back being able to jump.

Teq (diagnosed at 19 years)

Renee’s Teq (USA)

Teq was my first baby. I was really upset when, at age 19, he was diagnosed with diabetes. He was so good and made it very easy for me, at least as easy as it could be. Whenever I had to give him an injection I used the ribbed cap on the syringe to scratch his chin and behind his ears. When he saw the syringe he would actually come to me. Being new to all of this I thought that he liked getting the injection, that it felt good. I decided to ask my mom, who is also diabetic, if she felt better after taking her insulin. Since her answer was a definite ‘no’, I’d have to say that Teq just loved to be scratched. What a good baby.

2Pac (diagnosed at 13 years)

My 2Pac (Australia)

When my beautiful boy 2Pac was diagnosed with feline diabetes I thought my world had come crashing down. My vet at the time sent me away with some needles, a $140 vial of insulin, and an orange to practice on. It was a terrifying time for us. 2Pac was the bravest boy any mum could hope for, and so I had to be brave too. Over the years I learned to test and monitor everything, and I became quite the expert! Blood tests were taken while 2Pac was sitting calmly on my knee, and insulin was often given while he was engrossed in his dinner. Needles rarely bothered him. We were amazing together, my boy and I, and I will love him forever. I know we will meet again across that rainbow bridge where we will be reunited.